Principle of fast arrival
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In the game of contract bridge the principle of fast arrival is a bidding treatment widely used in game forcing auctions whereby:
- Bidding game directly, usually a jump bid, shows a minimum hand for your previous bidding, and is limiting, and
- Conversely, making a forcing bid, such as a change of suit below game level, shows extra strength or potential beyond the minimum.
The main advantage of this approach is that on weaker (or limited) hands it has a pre-emptive effect on the opposition and minimizes the information they might otherwise obtain; on strong hands, it creates extra bidding space to explore for slam or choose the optimum game contract.